Mauree Turner is the first nonbinary state legislator and first Muslim Oklahoma lawmaker

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Mauree Turner is the first nonbinary state legislator and first Muslim Oklahoma lawmaker

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Mauree Turner won her race for Oklahoma state House for District 88 on Tuesday, becoming the first nonbinary state legislator in US history and first Muslim lawmaker in Oklahoma.

Turner, 27, defeated Republican candidate Kelly Barlean to represent the district, winning about 71% of the votes, according to the Oklahoma State Election Board unofficial results. Her victory comes after beating incumbent Rep. Jason Dunnington in the district's Democratic primary election in June.

Turner identifies as nonbinary, which the National Center for Transgender Equality defines as gender understood as neither male nor female. Turner uses both the they/she as pronouns, according to Turner's Twitter profile. On Turner's campaign website, Turner uses she/her.

"I have a lot of feelings about tonight," said Turner in a Twitter post on Tuesday night. "But overall, I'm grateful for HD88 granting me this opportunity." She posted the tweet with an image saying, "The real work begins. The future is now."

Click here to read the full article published by CNN on 5 November 2020.

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